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First Ride: 2012 ER-6n review

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There’s that old saying it ain’t broke, don’t fix and sometimes, in their quest to a good bike better, a seems to forget that instead they meddle a successful formula and produce entirely forgettable.

I can think of of bikes that fit this but let’s take the original When launched it was the epitome of you see is what you get honest motorcycling; budget, capable and yet it had a real about it. It was an instant hit.

the years, Honda have and changed its looks and with it’s grown in price but not

So when Kawasaki announced the new ER-6n and ER-6f was to be more just cosmetic changes, I they might be trying to fix that wasn’t broken.

The was launched in 2006, late on the for a 650cc twin — had been at it for years — but the ER-6n — like the in ’98 — was an instant The sort of bike you ride and ‘this is so obvious, why didn’t do it sooner?’. It felt short, and managable.

The engine had low-down poke but was to rev too. It wasn’t excessive, made it great for new riders but a challenge for those with It didn’t have 150mph on tap you had to work for your kicks.

So are the major changes for the 2012 It’s got revised styling, a new double-pipe frame and swinging the downpipes are slightly longer, the engine produce a better of torque, the bars are 20mm and it’s also got a slimmer and seat which should shorter riders get their down.

Seeing the bike up for the first time it looks Un-Japanese. It’s got more of an about it than the last

Sat on the bike, you wouldn’t know the are wider, they feel a halfway house between and flat bars. When said they were wider I didn’t really to think how much 20mm Two centimetres you say?

I was expecting twenty.

Pulling out the open road I couldn’t but think super-wide bars give the ER-6n a more stance and give you more of a of bossing the bike. All very until you try commuting and then you end up everytime you try and squeeze past a car mirror. Not-so-wide wide have their benefits, I

Despite my penchant for bars as as a washing line, the riding for the new ER-6n is great once on the move; you’ve got enough over the front but the raised keep the weight off your At walking-pace you can feel the bike’s but it shrugs this off once on the move.

Kawasaki claim @ 8,500rpm and 47ftlb of torque @ The keen-eyed amongst you will the outright torque figure is lower than the previous but there’s more torque the rev-range now. I’d be if I said I could notice the but what’s good is that haven’t chased power and in so, sacrificed large lumps of the torque that makes the engine so usable.

That would have a meddle in the wrong direction.

In the press conference Kawasaki using the word ‘easy’ to the ER-6n. Easy? What easy mean I thought to It’s not so much easy, accessible.

The engine is forgiving; it matter too much what you’re in. Pulling out of tight it didn’t matter whether I was in 3rd, or 4th. Sure it a difference to response but the engine feel like it was going to into a thousand pieces rolling on in 4th from 25mph.

plenty of low-down torque, you’d expect from a but the way it revs is surprising. At around bom-bom-bom of two cylinders morphs a frantic buzz as the rev-needle the 11,000rpm redline.

With to no adjustability, the suspension is at the budget end of the but feels smooth and predictable. some of the Portuguese roads weren’t funded by the EU, and were quite bumpy, the ER-6n was half a step-behind, but that’s no to the previous model and in no way disconcerting. It on through with little than an entertaining shake of the

Through town it’s and agile, it feels slender, the are well positioned and give a rear view and the riding puts you in control. There’s no low-down in the rev-range. It’s you want in order to nip around and fire through gaps.

we didn’t spend too much in town, because the back are where the fun’s really had on new model.

On our first day, we around 150-miles, mostly twisty country roads. back at it, the pace was fairly hot and yet not did I think the ER-6n wasn’t of what I was asking of it. That’s great thing about — and every — they’re a lot of fun, even for the experienced rider.

Tucked into the slipstream of Bikes magazine’s tester, I saw on the clocks. Without the aid of ‘West slipstream aids others 206kmh. That’s good for a 650-twin.

While we’re on the of clocks it’s worth they’re excellent. Don’t change them Mr Kawasaki. An analogue rev-counter above a speedo: it doesn’t get better.

If economy’s your thing you’ll be pleased to know in top gear at 80mph the ER-6n was 53mpg. That’ll do nicely.

So not so good about the ER-6? One the brakes. Are they not so good I’m a spoilt journo weak fingers can only serious braking forces a Brembo-monobloc or are the brakes just a bit

I’m afraid it’s the There’s not a lot of initial bite and a fraction too little stopping for my liking. Nothing a set of braided lines and sintered pads fix but underwhelming brakes came as on the original bike and you’d thought Kawasaki would improved them by now.

It’s fair to say there’s plenty of meddling with new ER-6n but the changes make the more accessible and easier to with day-to-day.

Whatever the of your riding, you can jump on the new and get stuck in. That’s a formula of manufacturers have strived for the years but failed to reach.

So it then. The 2012 Kawasaki : it still ain’t broke.

Kawasaki ER-6n
Kawasaki ER-6n
Kawasaki ER-6n
Kawasaki ER-6n
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